We are delighted to be able to offer two brand-new Sensory Backpacks for SEND families visiting the Museum of Bath Stone.

Available to hire for no additional charge, families can discover the hidden worlds of geology and ecology with our new, themed sensory backpacks. Inspired by the museum’s collections and displays, our Sensory Backpacks are available for any families who feel these would enhance their visit.

Proudly sponsored by the Bath Stone Group.


Inspired by the museum’s geological collections, our ROCKSACK reveals a prehistoric world lost in time. Young palaeontologists can explore finds and textures from the ancient world of fossils and dinosaurs. Inside, your little ones can find a selection of open-ended creative activities to embark upon, play with relics from the geological world, all accompanied by our Fossil Hunting Lottie doll to spark your child’s imagination and offer friendly comfort as you explore the museum at your own pace.


Inspired by the Combe Down Stone Mines only residents, the BATPACK reveals the amazing world of bats. Young ecologists can also discover textures from the natural world including flowers, plants and insects. Play make-believe with our woodland creatures, experience the world through the eyes of a bug and, let their imagination run wild with our Wildlife Photographer Lottie doll, your friendly guide to exploring the museum. This rucksack also features a pair of children’s binoculars, for helping to spot the Lesser Horseshoes Bats hibernating around the museum.


Additional information:

Each backpack contains children’s tinted sunglasses, children’s ear defenders and magnifying glass.

Items are cleaned and sanitised between uses.


How to hire:

Booking is not always necessary. However, we do recommend booking to ensure your desired backpack is available on the date of your visit. Please await confirmation from a member of our team before confirming your travel arrangements. Requests are managed on a first-come-first-serve basis and, we strive to fufil every request wherever possible.

To hire a sensory backpack, simply contact us with your:

  • The preferred backpack design you wish to hire (the rocksack or the batpack)
  • Date of your visit and, approximate time of arrival
  • Name of accompanying parent(s)/guardian(s)
  • Mobile phone number

On the day of your visit:

  • Please bring a form of ID with you to exchange with the backpack(s) for the duration of your hire. Your ID will be returned to you upon the backpack and its contents being returned.

Please note, there is one backpack available in each design.